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Rain -- and snow! -- postpone Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway

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Saturday’s scheduled Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway was postponed to Sunday by wet weather.

The race was rescheduled at 8 p.m. ET (FS2, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Sunday, following the Cup Series race at ACS.

Rain pounded the track much of the day. Snow, a rarity in the area and part of a massive winter storm that walloped California, fell for a while.

But NASCAR dried the track and attempted to start the race at about 6 p.m. ET. Drivers made several pace laps, but rain increased, forcing the cars to pit road before the green flag could be unfurled.

After about an hour’s wait -- and a very long day for drivers and teams at the track, NASCAR postponed the race.

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The weather eliminated Saturday’s scheduled Xfinity qualifying session, and the 38-car starting grid was set by rulebook metrics. Austin Hill, winner of last week’s Xfinity Series opener at Daytona International Speedway, will start on the pole.